Thursday, November 24, 2011

Colour Wheel Mandala Challenge

Quilt # 51

Colour Wheel Mandala
Four different guilds in the area take turns hosting a biennial regional Quilt Day.
Participants get to partake in many activities throughout the day as well as participate in blocks, quilt or other challenges .  In 2005, our guild, The Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild hosted Quilt Day 3.

These were the rules for the quilt challenge:

Quilt Day 3 - Mandala Quilt Challenge

Mandalas are circular designs regarded by some as having mystical powers. They are used in ceremonies in a variety of cultures including some of our own Native cultures. Examples of mandalas include the Chinese yinyang, rose windows of Gothic cathedrals, labyrinths, and Stonehenge itself.

For our purpose, your quilt can be a pieced, appliqued, embellished circle of any kind. The quilt itself can be round or a circular design on a square or any other shaped background.

The circumference (measure all around the finished quilt) is to be 100” or less.
(e.g. a 25” x 25” square or a 20” x 30” rectangle or less).

Any method can be used so long as it has 3 layers (top – batting – back) and is quilted.
Embellish to your heart’s content

Be creative!

I thought this was a good opportunity to make a Colour Wheel since the shape was right and I had wanted to make one for my sewing room.


Choosing the colours and values was a really good colour  exercise. I added some buttons for embellishment and fringed the edges.

A pocket with a buttonhole works better than a hanging sleeve for quilts that are not straight at the top edge.   A thin piece of panelling cut to shape helps keep the upper section firm and the quilt hangs perfectly.
pocket and hanger

NOTE OF INTEREST:  What is supposed to be the darkest value  in the RED section has faded to look as light as the lightest value in that section.  It was originally as dark as the button.
fading colour

Quilt Name: Colour Wheel Mandala
Description: Twelve-sided mandala
Pattern: Original
Size: 22” across
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: All colours
Construction Techniques: Twelve wedges consisting of 5 values – light to dark
Back: Black 100% cotton
Batting: Hobbs 80-20
Edge finish: Fringe
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Hanging pocket
Label: No
Date completed: 2005
Quilt History: Displayed at Quilt Day 3 (2005) & Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild (2005)
Maker:Terry Whyte

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